Mother Continues Fight Against Son’s Cancer Treatment

Category: Media & Culture / Dec 20, 2012 1:05PM EDT
A woman who does not want her seven-year-old son to have radiotherapy treatment following surgery on a brain tumor renewed her fight in the High Court of Justice in London on Thursday (December 20). Sally Roberts, 37, fears radiotherapy will cause her son, Neon, long-term harm. Doctors say Neon might die within months without radiotherapy. On Thursday a High Court judge began hearing more evidence about the advantages and disadvantages of radiotherapy. Earlier this week, a High Court judge ruled that Neon could have a second operation to remove cancer from his brain against Roberts' wishes. Roberts wanted the second operation to be delayed until more doctors had been consulted. But specialists said follow-up surgery needed to be carried out urgently. Cancer expert Professor Karol Sikora: "Doctors don't recommend these things for fun. They are doing it for a reason. Obviously we are not party to those reasons, but, you know, this is the normal way in which cancer is treated- surgery followed by radiotherapy and in some cases chemotherapy." A specialist treating Neon has described Roberts' comments as "sensible" and accepted that there could be side-effects to radiotherapy. But he said without radiotherapy the little boy could die within a few months. Roberts asked for the hearing to be adjourned until January to give her more time to investigate alternatives to radiotherapy. But the judge refused her application and said a decision on radiotherapy had to be made. - Reuters